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In February, SNAP Benefits Will Revert to Their Pre-COVID Levels

According to the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the additional food assistance benefits implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic will be terminated countrywide in February.

The big picture: After almost three years, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will give low-income families the same amount of assistance they had before the epidemic to help them fight food insecurity.

  • The emergency allotments enabled SNAP households to get an extra $95 or more in payments each month.

Details: 

In 17 states, including Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming, the emergency allotments have already come to an end.

  • After the January payment is made, the emergency allotments in South Carolina will run out.
  • The additional money will cease with the March benefit for the remaining 32 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Guam, and the US Virgin Islands.

By the Numbers:

According to USDA data, more than 41 million Americans used SNAP benefits in 2022.

Zoom in:

Oklahoma is one of the places where the additional benefits are scheduled to expire, thus the move will definitely have an effect on many Americans there as well.

  • According to The Hill, Chris Bernard, president/CEO of Hunger Free Oklahoma, said, “We know that these increased benefits have been important to so many Oklahomans over the last three years and that this change will impact some SNAP users harder than others, particularly our senior and disabled neighbors.”
  • Without a doubt, this will raise the demand for Oklahoma’s philanthropic organizations and the necessity for residents to donate to their neighborhood food banks and pantries.

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